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June 11, 2013 > Students show talent "Through the Lens"

Students show talent "Through the Lens"

Submitted By PhotoCentral

Hayward Area Recreation District's PhotoCentral presents "Through the Lens," featuring the work of 22 artists completing the Photographic Portfolio/Professional Practices course, an advanced photography class at Foothill College taught by Kate Jordahl. The show contains over 100 photographs selected from the students' portfolios and will be on display through August 17. Artists include: Jason Agron, Ausencio Alvarez, Ashley Brown, Richard Deloof, Clinton Foster, Eve Gamero, Olga Garnova, Bob Gridley, Sassan Hazeghi, Katarzyna Janus, Colin Jaramillo, Naphtalie Joiner, Sara Kerr, Lilla Kuknyo, Katherine Ogg, Laura Oliphant, Kari Revak, Art Roose, Cristene Sellers, Jim Smith, Ian Thomas, and Rachel Wooster.

"Photographic Portfolio/Professional Practices is a six month class for students working for an associate's degree or certificate in photography. They build a portfolio aligned with their goals and then work together to exhibit, promote, and build appropriate support materials like resumes, business cards, postcards, artist's statements and bios," explains Jordahl. "It is an intensive commitment and an incredible learning experience for dedicated photographers."

"This biannual class is always an amazing experience for me as a teacher. I see such growth in the photographer's work. Past students from this class have started businesses, transferred to university and gone to graduate school. This year's work is exceptional and spans many genres and styles," says Jordahl.

Participating student Sara Kerr says, "The Foothill Portfolio class brought together a diverse group of people. The beauty of learning photography at a community college is that you get feedback on your work from an eclectic group of classmates; young, old and in-beween, people who have other careers, and people from a range of different countries. I think having so many different perspectives in the class was really beneficial for us as we developed our portfolios."

"The last six months has been amazing and a complete game changer for my photography," says student Rachel Wooster. "I entered the class thinking I wanted to be a portrait photographer and now I am focused on conservation photography. The structure and assignments in the class have really forced me to figure out what I really want out of my photography, what my goals are, and what I really want. I now have a set of tools that I can use to organize, manage, and excute projects in the future."

Meet the artists and view their full portfolios at the opening reception on Saturday, June 15. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information on the exhibit and the photographers, visit To learn more about classes, workshops, and other events at PhotoCentral, call (510) 881-6721 or visit online at

Through the Lens
June 15 to August 17
Monday: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. -1 p.m.

Reception/Portfolio Viewing
Saturday, June 15
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

PhotoCentral Gallery
Hayward Area Park and Recreation District Offices
1099 E St., Hayward
(510) 881-6721

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